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Farmers sow seeds, building friendships in Berkley fields

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Farmers sow seeds, building friendships in Berkley fields

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) – Urban farmers near the St. Louis area say the land offers them a place where they can both sow seeds and friendship. The amateur agrarians had tilled land in Kinloch unofficially for decades that belonged to the construction firm Clayco Inc. When the company tore up that ground for an expansion […]

Farmers sow seeds, building friendships in Berkley fields

BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) – Urban farmers near the St. Louis area say the land offers them a place where they can both sow seeds and friendship.

The amateur agrarians had tilled land in Kinloch unofficially for decades that belonged to the construction firm Clayco Inc. When the company tore up that ground for an expansion of a business park, the farmers thought that spelled the end of their efforts to stock their dinner tables.

But instead, they got a marked improvement. The company gifted several acres of land in Berkeley to around 50 people last year.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the farmers, ranging in age from their early 30s to late 70s, no longer have to haul in water for their crops. They now have access to a nearby hose connection.

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